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January 31, 2000
Jasmine Lee The Internet is full of information and now includes the county's environmental report on the proposed El Toro airport. A Web site dedicated to blocking the county's effort to build a second airport at the closed El Toro military base this week began offering the first couple hundred pages of the environmental report. So far, web surfers can read the first three of the report's 39 volumes. More pages are being added from moment to moment, said Leonard Kranser, an antiairport activist who runs the Web site.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | August 26, 2006
Newport Beach residents' group Stop Polluting Our Newport on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging the city's environmental report on proposed changes to the general plan. The city has been working for several years to update the general plan, which outlines future development in the city. Voters will get a chance to approve the update in the November election. The environmental report is deceptive because it claims the general plan update will reduce traffic while adding more homes, Stop Polluting Our Newport spokesman Allan Beek said Friday.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 27, 2012
COSTA MESA - A grass-roots group wants a court order to stop the Orange County Fairgrounds from remodeling the Pacific Amphitheatre. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 20, the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society, an activist group comprised of local stakeholders, accuses the Fair Board of trying to expand the theater in phases that sidestep the limitations implemented in the fairgrounds' 2003 master plan and PacAmp's environmental impact report....
NEWS
March 28, 2001
The Orange County Transportation Authority board has delayed the public comment period for a study evaluating plans to build bridges on Gisler and 19th streets. The agency is waiting for responses to the study from two Orange County cities, which have not been named. The responses will be included in an environmental report that will not be available to the public until the board votes to begin accepting public comment on the report. The board has postponed the beginning of the environmental report process twice already and is expected to approve the process Monday.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | December 15, 2006
A lawsuit challenging the environmental report on changes to Newport Beach's general plan has been dismissed, Newport Beach City Atty. Robin Clauson said. Voters in November approved an overhaul of the general plan, which sets guidelines for development in the city. The suit, filed in August by Stop Polluting Our Newport, said the environmental report on the changes was deceptive because it claims the new general plan would reduce traffic while adding more homes, a spokesman for Stop Polluting Our Newport said at the time.
NEWS
October 21, 2004
ON THE AGENDA Here are some of the items the commission will consider Thursday. ST. ANDREW'S ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT The commission will consider an environmental report based on St. Andrew's original expansion proposal, at the church's request, even though the church has significantly revised its plans in terms of square footage and building height. Planning staff members recommend the commission consider the report and then postpone any decision until the Nov. 18 meeting to enable church officials to prepare and submit its latest revisions.
NEWS
July 29, 2004
Alicia Robinson Voters will get their say in November on the future of the controversial Marinapark resort, but not before an expected vigorous, take-no-prisoners campaign. Developer Stephen Sutherland is pushing the plan for a 110-room luxury, harbor-front resort with 12 timeshare units built on the Balboa Peninsula between 15th and 18th streets. The city's general plan reserves the land for open space and recreation, although a 56-unit mobile home park occupies it. After debating the project since signing an agreement with Sutherland in 2000, the City Council on Tuesday voted to certify an environmental report on the project and place the proposal on the fall ballot.
NEWS
July 21, 2004
Please do not let developers take this pristine area and put a hotel at Marinapark. Traffic is terrible now. Parking is ridiculous now. Five cars at a time are lined up now on Bay Avenue; it's full of kids and mothers looking for a spot. Today, the city of Newport Beach has day care for kids at Mothers Beach. The toddlers feel safe here because the water is shallow, and no big waves are here. We would put these children in jeopardy with traffic and drunken drivers from the restaurants at the hotel.
NEWS
September 25, 2001
COSTA MESA -- The Planning Commission took a first step toward making the Home Ranch project a reality when it unanimously agreed Monday to recommend that the City Council approve the environmental report for the development. However the recommendation of the report to the council does not mean the project is approved yet, Planning Commission Chairwoman Katrina Foley said. It does mean the commission deems the report sufficient for the project, she said.
NEWS
September 18, 2001
Paul Clinton NEWPORT-MESA -- Turns out, the airport debate is still full of surprises. In a stunning decision Monday, Supervisor Jim Silva joined his South County colleagues in suggesting that the county's international airport plan be put to a public vote. Silva lent his support to a motion, proposed by Supervisor Tom Wilson, to delay finalizing the planning blueprint for an international airport at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station until county voters approve it. By supporting a public vote on the county's airport, Silva broke from the pro-airport majority on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
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By Joseph Serna | June 26, 2012
The city of Costa Mesa is considering legal options to stop the Orange County Transportation Authority from adding toll lanes inside the city limits. "I've been trying to tell OCTA it's not acceptable to Costa Mesa for many, many reasons," said Peter Naghavi, the city's economic development director. "All options, including legal action, are on the table. " Last week the City Council told City Attorney Tom Duarte to investigate legal challenges to an option known as Alternative 3, which would expand sections of the San Diego (405)
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By Joseph Serna | June 18, 2012
The public has an extra 15 days to comment on the Orange County Transportation Authority's draft environmental impact report for a proposed widening of the San Diego (405) Freeway. Orange County residents have until July 17 to send their comments to OCTA on the draft EIR, which outlines the potential effects on surrounding communities. OCTA is working with the California Department of Transportation on a proposed $1.3-billion to $1.7-billion renovation that could add two to four lanes on the 405 between the San Gabriel (605)
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 20, 2012
The Newport Beach Planning Commission was looking for suggestions and final tweaks to development plans for Banning Ranch, which it will vote on next month, but it didn't get anything so nuanced Thursday night. The people who came to speak at the meeting were either broadly supportive or flatly opposed to plans to put 1,375 homes on 401 acres of former oil fields west of Newport Beach. Costa Mesa resident Terry Koken called the occasion one of the "cusps of decision in history," comparing it to the Battle of Thermopylae, the Maccabees, the Emancipation Proclamation and Pearl Harbor.
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By Jon Cassidy, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 16, 2012
An Orange County Transportation Authority committee rejected an appeal Monday regarding its decision to eliminate long-term plans for a bridge across the Santa Ana River connecting Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. The OCTA board deleted decades-old plans for the 19th Street Bridge from the county master plan last month. The decision was well received by hundreds of neighbors who would have seen more traffic if the bridge were built, but wasn't as popular with Newport Beach officials, who have to deal with traffic routed through Coast Highway.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 27, 2012
COSTA MESA - A grass-roots group wants a court order to stop the Orange County Fairgrounds from remodeling the Pacific Amphitheatre. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 20, the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society, an activist group comprised of local stakeholders, accuses the Fair Board of trying to expand the theater in phases that sidestep the limitations implemented in the fairgrounds' 2003 master plan and PacAmp's environmental impact report....
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | December 13, 2011
COSTA MESA — Cementing the beginning of what will be a multiyear, $18-million-plus project, the Orange County Fair Board on Thursday plans to reaffirm the first $4.5 million in improvements to the Pacific Amphitheatre. Though cost estimates and a concept plan were approved in September, the board will consider clarifying to the public that it is only approving the first of the four-phase project, with the later steps to be detailed along the way. Some residents raised concerns at the September meeting that they thought the entire amphitheater renovation was being approved, which the Fair Board said is incorrect.
NEWS
June 7, 2008
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher recently slammed warnings of climate change as bad science and alarmism in a speech on the House of Representatives floor. In a lengthy speech Thursday condemning former Vice President Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” the International Panel on Climate Change, as well as previous environmental cause cèlébres such as fears about holes in the ozone layer and acid rain, Rohrabacher claimed large parts of the environmental movement were mere “pseudoscience” to justify increased government regulation.
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By Brianna Bailey | January 24, 2008
An environmental group suing Newport Beach and the City Council over a multimillion dollar development agreement with the Irvine Co. claims the city has not done enough research on how the plan will affect traffic and the environment. “I hope to achieve making water quality a priority for the City Council and developers,” said activist Bob Caustin, founder of Defend the Bay. The group filed a petition in Orange County Superior Court last week to challenge the legality of an agreement that creates a new planned community that merges two blocks of Newport Center, Fashion Island and San Joaquin Plaza to form North Newport Center Planned Community.
NEWS
By Alicia Robinson | April 6, 2007
The city of Newport Beach has had a challenging year, legally speaking. It sued the city of Irvine over housing plans for the Irvine Business Complex, and it got sued over the environmental report for the general plan update and the ballot language for one of three initiatives on Newport's November ballot. It typically costs the city about $160,000 a year to hire outside legal counsel for time-consuming cases or technical expertise. Because of the unique year Newport has had, it may cost nearly triple that.
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By Alicia Robinson | December 15, 2006
A lawsuit challenging the environmental report on changes to Newport Beach's general plan has been dismissed, Newport Beach City Atty. Robin Clauson said. Voters in November approved an overhaul of the general plan, which sets guidelines for development in the city. The suit, filed in August by Stop Polluting Our Newport, said the environmental report on the changes was deceptive because it claims the new general plan would reduce traffic while adding more homes, a spokesman for Stop Polluting Our Newport said at the time.
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